Course: Food and Nutrition Policy

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Session Topic Readings


Course Introduction and Overview

Sommer A., How public health policy is created: scientific process and political reality. Am J Epidemiol. 2001 Dec 15;154(12 Suppl):S4-6.  

Austin J, Overholt C. Nutrition policy: building the bridge between science and politics. Annu Rev Nutr. 1988;8:1-20.  

The State of the World's Children 1998: a UNICEF report. Malnutrition: causes, consequences, and solutions. Nutr Rev. 1998 Apr;56(4 Pt 1):115-23.


US Food & Nutrition Policies-The Actors, Structures & Instruments: FDA & USAD, Dietary Guidelines & Food Labels

Kessler DA. The evolution of national nutrition policy. Annu Rev Nutr. 1995;15:xiii-xxvi.Schneeman BO.

Evolution of dietary guidelines. J Am Diet Assoc. 2003 Dec;103(12 Suppl 2):S5-9.  

Politics vs. Science: Opposing the Food Pyramid, 1991-1992 in Food Politics: how the food industry influences nutrition and health, Nestle M, University of California Press, Berkley, Ca. 2002, 51-66.  

"Deconstructing" Dietary Advice In Food Politics: how the food industry influences nutrition and health, Nestle M, University of California Press, Berkley, Ca. 2002, 67-92.


Methods of Evaluating Food and Nutrition Policy

Pugh LC, Milligan RA, Frick KD, Spatz D, Bronner Y. Breastfeeding duration, costs, and benefits of a support program for low-income breastfeeding women. Birth. 2002; 29(2): 95-100.

Fiedler JL, Dado DR, Maglalang H, Juban N, Capistrano M, Magpantay MV. Cost analysis as a vitamin A program design and evaluation tool: a case study of the Philippines. Soc Sci Med. 2000 Jul;51(2):223-42.  

Hutubessy R, Chisholm D, Edejer TT. Generalized cost-effectiveness analysis for national-level priority-setting in the health sector. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2003 Dec 19;1(1):8.


US Food & Nutrition Policies-Ideal vs. Reality: US Food Industry, Agricultural Policy, Food Availability, Consumer Demand and Impact on Dietary Choices

Influencing government: food lobbies and lobbyists. In: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. Berkeley: University of California Press 2002;4:93-110.

Nestle, M. and M. F. Jacobson. Halting the obesity epidemic: a public health policy approach. Public Health Rep. 115 (1):12-24, 2000.


WIC and Food Stamp Programs

Rossi P. Feeding the poor: Assessing federal food aid. AEI Press. 1998


Content 2 US Food Aid: From Policy to Programs to Results

Sophia Murphy and Kathy McAfee. U.S. Food Aid: Time to Get It Right. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Minnesota, July 2005

Barrett C.B. and Maxwell, D.G. Chapters 1 and 2 in Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role, Routledge, London 2005. Chapters 1 and 2.

Cogill B, Castleman T. Food Aid: Issues and applications. Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance. April 22, 2003.

Webb P, Rogers B. Assessing the "In" in Food Insecurity, Occasional Paper No. 1, USAID Office for Food for Peace, Washington, D.C. Feb. 2003.

Swindale A, Deitchler M, Cogill B, Marchione T. The Impact of Title II Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Programs on the Nutritional Status of Children. Occasional Paper No. 4, USAID Office for Food for Peace, Washington, D.C. March 2004.


International, Bilateral and National Agencies and Policy Instruments

1992 International Conference on Nutrition World declaration on nutrition:  

Joint FAO/WHO Progress Report on the Implementation of the ICN World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition:


Student Presentations

Abstracts from selected student papers.